Ribeiras de Armea Branco Lexítimo
A U.S. exclusive.
100% Branco Lexítimo (“Leh-shitee-moh”, aka Albarín Blanco), perhaps the greatest white grape of Spain, from the Armea area of Betanzos, the northernmost grape growing region in Spain. It starts its life bright and citrusy, and develops after 3 to 5 years in bottle petrol notes and a smoky minerality, sometimes intensely so, akin to a Mosel Riesling. It is age worthy and very rare, with less than 250 acres planted around Asturias and Galicia.
The wine ferments with indigenous yeasts and matures for 3 years in a combination of 500L used oak barrels, stainless steel tanks and bottle, one year each. it is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The production is tiny, only 600 bottles of the 2018 vintage.
About the Producer
Casa Beade (Adega Beade in Galician) is produced by Jose Luis Beade, who learned winemaking from his grandfather and later Jose Luis Mateos of Quinta de Muradella. He farms 6 acres divided into 22 plots (!) in cold, wet Betanzos, the northernmost traditional grape growing region of Spain.
Jose Luis crafts extremely limited, pure, austere examples of the local grapes. He is working to revive viticulture in this exceptional wine growing region, where only 75 acres remain of the 2,500 that existed in the 18th century.